Rodeo teams fare well at Golden event
For the Moffat County High School rodeo team, the future is fast approaching.
Competing April 3 and 4 in Golden, the MCHS team picked up seven top-10 finishes in the high school division.
But the story of the meet might have been the continued excellence of several young cowboys in the junior high division, coach Janice Edwards said.
The junior high team is composed of Craig Middle School’s Casey and Cutter Barnes, Garrett Uptain and Trent Vernon.
The group racked up five first-place finishes, four second-place finishes and another four top-five finishes in the junior high competition.
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“They continued to do really well,” Edwards said. “As a team, they are dominating.
“We are really supportive of them, because they are our future.”
The high school roster didn’t do too badly, either, Edwards said.
“It was a good weekend,” she said. “The girls did really, really well.
Taylor Vernon and Gabbi Steele placed in a couple events, which is a pretty big feat.”
For the high school team, Taylor Vernon finished fifth in barrel racing, seventh in breakaway roping and goat tying, and ninth in pole bending Saturday.
Steele finished ninth in dally team roping and 10th in pole bending Saturday and 14th in breakaway roping and seventh in pole bending Sunday.
On Sunday, MCHS’ Ian Duzik was 14th and Wyatt Uptain was 18th in tie down roping.
On Sunday, Cutter Barnes finished first in breakaway roping, Casey Barnes was first in bull riding, second in ribbon roping, fourth in goat tying and sixth in chute dogging for the middle school team.
Trent Vernon finished seventh in goat tying, and Garrett Uptain finished ninth in the same event.
Individual MCHS results from Saturday’s rodeo in Golden:
-Taylor Vernon: Barrel racing (14.695, 5th place); Breakaway roping (4.6, 7th place); Goat tying (9.490, 7th place); Pole bending (21.829, 9th place).
-Gabbi Steele: Dally team roping (9.640, 9th place); Pole bending (21.829, 10th place).
Saturday’s junior high school results:
-Trent Vernon: Breakaway roping (4.210, 1st place); Goat tying (10.870, 4th place); Ribbon roping (27.620, 3rd place).
-Garrett Uptain: Breakaway roping (4.220, 2nd place); Goat tying (16.640, 8th place).
-Casey Barnes: Breakaway roping (12.460, 5th place); Goat tying (9.850, 1st place); Ribbon roping (9.080, 1st place); Team roping (13.260, 2nd place).
-Cutter Barnes: Team roping (13.260, 2nd place).
Individual MCHS results from Sunday’s rodeo in Golden:
-Taylor Vernon: Barrel racing (14.972, 17th place); Breakaway roping (13.280, 12th place); Goat tying (9.440, 7th place); Pole bending (35.444, 29th place).
-Gabbi Steele: Breakaway roping (13.860, 14th place); Pole bending (21.001, 7th place).
-Ian Duzik: Tie down roping (19.350, 14th place).
-Wyatt Uptain: Tie down roping (28.370, 18th place).
Sunday’s junior high results:
-Trent Vernon: Goat tying (14.820, 7th place).
-Garrett Uptain: Goat tying (19.520, 9th place).
-Casey Barnes: Goat tying (12.720, 4th place); Bull riding (66, 1st place); Chute dogging (26.7, 6th place); Ribbon roping (17.01, 2nd place).
Cutter Barnes: Breakaway roping (3.420, 1st place).
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